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New local restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus will come into effect from next Wednesday (December 2).

The government has announced that East Sussex will be in Tier 2. This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, and some additional restrictions will need to be in place. For a full breakdown, see: GOV.UK – Local restriction tiers.

This is our central point for news about council services when they are affected by events outside our control.

We know the Prime Minister’s announcement of new Covid restrictions for England from Thursday 5 November will have a big effect on people and businesses in East Sussex.

We are working with the Government to understand the detail and will update this page as news comes in.

You can follow @eastsussexcc on Twitter.

General support during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Translated guidance on COVID-19

Government guidance available in many languages, on GOV.UK:

NHS advice from Doctors of the World, produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, available in 34 languages:

SignHealth is a deaf health charity which produces daily updates of government guidance in British Sign Language:

Schools, children and families

Adult social care and mental health

Adult social care

Linden Court (Learning Disability day centre) is now open.

The following services are temporarily closed:

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) clinics
  • Blue Badge clinics
  • Day services for older people. Support will still be offered to day service clients depending on their level of need
  • Skills Development and Employment Pathway (SDEP).

Changes have been made to the following services:

  • Social care assessments, reviews and safeguarding enquiries will be completed by phone wherever possible
  • The Carers’ Breaks service is still running and aiming to contact people by phone where possible
  • Learning disability respite services are still running, but the service is prioritising crisis situations
  • Learning disability day services remain open with some reductions planned. There is limited access to transport in some cases.

If you already use any of these services and have any queries, please contact the service directly.

To report abuse or neglect, apply for care and support or get support for a carer please continue to contact Adult Social Care.

If you are an Adult Social Care provider, see our page on COVID-19 updates for providers in East Sussex.

Community mental health services

Services are continuing and clients who were being supported face-to-face are now being offered regular support by phone or email. New referrals can be made. For further information please see:

Libraries and archives

Libraries

Libraries are temporarily closed until at least Wednesday 2 December. From Monday 9 November you can:

  • use our ‘Select and Collect’ service to order books and collect from the front entrance of your local library
  • book essential computer access by calling 0345 60 80 196.

Our online library services remain available 24 hours a day, with a wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eComics and eMagazines and reference material that you can read on your computer, tablet or mobile.

The Keep (Archive Centre)

Following Government advice and to ensure the safety of staff and visitors, The Keep will be closed from Thursday 5 November. People will not be able to visit the centre or view the archives during this period of closure, but our reprographics and research services will continue to be available via our website.

Register Offices

Weddings and Civil Partnerships

East Sussex Register Offices, licensed venues and places of worship can hold weddings and civil partnerships again from 3 December 2020.

All ceremonies are subject to current Government restrictions highlighted in the GOV.UK Winter Plan. Our team will contact all couples with bookings to confirm what restrictions are in place. To book, please email ceremonieshub@eastsussex.gov.uk in the first instance. Please help us manage the high volume of enquiries we are currently experiencing by waiting for a response before emailing or calling again.

Notices of Marriage and Notice of Civil Partnership

Pre-booked appointments to give notice are going ahead. If your ceremony is due to take place in the next 2 months and you do not yet have an appointment to give notice, please email ceremonieshub@eastsussex.gov.uk . However, please help us manage the high volume of enquiries we are currently experiencing by waiting for a response before emailing or calling again.

Death and birth registrations

We are registering all deaths by telephone and by appointment only. See Register a death.

We are registering births. Please book an appointment online for a telephone registration interview.

After the telephone interview, a registrar will arrange a time for you to visit and sign the register. This will be done with social distancing in place and you will need to bring your own blue or black ballpoint pen. New parents can currently claim Child Benefit and Universal Credit for their baby without a birth certificate.

Copies of certificates can be ordered online at Order copies of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates online.

Rubbish and recycling

All Household Waste Recycling Sites will remain open during lockdown, with normal opening hours.

Cars can attend each day, but vans and vehicles over 2m will only be accepted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Van drivers need to bring a proof of address (driver’s licence or recent utility bill) and they will be subject to new trade waste inspections.

Trailers are not currently permitted.

Before visiting, please check the information for your local site: Rubbish and recycling in East Sussex.

Please reduce your waste where possible and recycle as much as you can through your kerbside collections. Only visit if it is essential, and please follow social distancing rules.

Roads, transport and parking

Bus services

Bus operators and community transport providers have reduced their services – for details, see bus service changes.

Older persons and disabled persons concessionary bus passes in East Sussex are being accepted for free travel at all times until 1 September.

Please check the bus operators’ websites for the latest position.

Face coverings are now compulsory for travel on all public transport, except for people who have exemptions from wearing them. See GOV.UK for the latest position.

Parking

We have needed to make some changes to parking and permits. See Temporary changes to parking during coronavirus for more information.

If you are an NHS staff member, health or social care worker, or NHS Volunteer Responder, there is a government parking pass scheme in place. We recognise these passes when they are being used as described on the government website. Please be aware that we do not issue these passes. You should contact your employer if you have any questions about them or to apply for one.

Roadworks

Some work on roads and footpaths is continuing. For our coronavirus highways update, see East Sussex Highways

For other latest information please follow ‘East Sussex roads’ or Sussex Police on Twitter or see the BBC live traffic news.

Countryside sites

Seven Sisters Country Park is open, but the visitor centre and toilets remain closed.

Grants, funding and resources for not for profits

A special edition of Funding News has been produced to provide resources, support and grants for organisations and individuals.